OWEGO, NY (WICZ/CNN) – A group has taken issue with the writing on a 9/11 monument that calls the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks “Islamic terrorists.”
The Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier worries the wording could encourage hatred toward Muslims living in the area, painting all Muslims with the same brush.
The town supervisor doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t live in a politically correct world,” said Donald Castellucci, the Owego town supervisor. “I live in a historical fact world and cross terrorism, whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic – you call it what it is. And we don’t whitewash things, especially here. And we just think that we’ve done the accurate citing of what happened.”
The Islamic group has asked that the monument just read, “terrorists,” or even, “Al-Qaeda terrorists.”